April 7, Wide Stripes

I bought this striped top years ago, but rarely wore it because it always made me feel frumpy, but I couldn’t put my finger on why- until today!

Now looking at the photos, I think it’s the super wide stripe right around my tummy! I’ve always heard to avoid horizontal stripes because they make you look big- and here is evidence of that.

So, to fix that, I’ve done the half tuck. This breaks up the big stripe- and gives the top some movement. Pairing it with trendy joggers and cute peep toe booties completes the look. Now I don’t feel like a frumpy mom, I feel like a fashionista! (just kidding!) But it is better, right?

Top- Nordstrom

Joggers- Target

Shoes- TJ Maxx

Jan 3rd, Plain White Shirt

DSCN6355DSCN6358I’ve read several times that every woman should own a plain white shirt in her wardrobe. While I’ll say I definitely agree- it’s important to keep in mind there are lots of different types of white shirts.

Originally, I thought I needed a pressed & starched formal white button down- as seen on the right. However, truth be told- most days, this just isn’t me!

I’m more casual, and unstructured- so it wasn’t until my husband bought me this version of a plain white shirt that I fully understood what this style rule actually means.

A white shirt can be any type of white shirt-as long as it suits you- and in this case, this shirt is so me. It’s soft, it’s flowy, it’s long enough to cover my hips and bum… and being white it is so versatile it can go with anything!

When shopping for a plain white shirt- look for interesting details- and look for a style/ fabric that suits you! Below is a picture of the pocket on this shirt- I included it to show the amazing detail of this shirt (which is hard to see in the above photo). There is little tiny stitching along the pocket that adds interest.

DSCN6360It’s also important to add your own details and pieces of interest- or else your outfit can be too boring. As seen below, I added a cool necklace and bracelet- and then finished the outfit off with grey cords and short cowboy boots. It’s a very simple, understated look- but I think it works!

DSCN6356Shirt: James Perse (Nordstrom), Jeans: Banana Republic, Necklace: Plateau Jewelry, Bracelet: Accessory Concierge, Boots: Target